Colorado Consortium for Presecription Drug Abuse Prevention

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Colorado and local cities and counties are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors. The lawsuits are part of larger, national litigations which are still pending. While thousands of plaintiffs wait for a decision, a local nonpartisan health policy organization posed this question:

With a hypothetical $100 million settlement, how would you combat Colorado's opioid crisis?

Anne Hazlett, senior advisor for rural affairs with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will be the keynote speaker at a forum devoted to the opioid crisis and methamphetamines and other drug misuse issues in rural and frontier communities.

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You’ve probably heard of AmeriCorps. The national service organization has 300,000 members who work on programs ranging from education programming to disaster relief, like during Hurricane Harvey and the Northern California wildfires. They even build houses and connect veterans to social services.

But in 2017, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – which administers national service programs like AmeriCorps – did something unusual.

The federal agency hosted a separate funding competition for a specific issue: the opioid epidemic.